Federal prosecutors in New York charge Michael Avenatti with additional financial crimes, including allegedly forging the signature of his former client Stormy Daniels and diverting nearly $300,000 owed to her into his own account.
Those doctored documents Avenatti used to divert that $300,000 was from a book deal, that he then used the money for personal and business expenses without Stormy Daniels knowing. However, Daniels had demanded to know where her money was from the publisher and Avenatti threatened to file a lawsuit against them, knowing the whole time he stole it.
Avenatti is known for representing Daniels, who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, long before the real estate executive and reality show host ran for office.
Daniels and Avenatti parted ways in March, and the porn star-turned-author hinted that she believed something was wrong. At the time of the attorney-client split, Daniels said she wanted her new attorney to “review all legal matters” that she’s been previously involved in.
Avenatti is also in legal trouble with regards to extort money on wire fraud from sportswear giant Nike in the amount of $20 million.
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